Weekly Roundup – January 18, 2019

Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s Weekly Roundup! In the Weekly Roundup, I provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. I hope you enjoy!

WARNING! Some content below may feature NSFW content. Links will be marked NSFW! when the content identifies itself as adult material.

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Social Resources

Remember to rest, eat, and drink water when you can. Take care of yourself the best that you can. You, your presence, and your work have an incredible impact on the people around you. You should be here.


The Laydeez Do Comics Award is accepting applications from UK-based women (cis or trans) with a graphic novel work in progress. First prize will receive £2,000, and 5 shortlisted entries will receive £200. One of the shortlisted prizes will be awarded to a creator over 50. The deadline for physical zines is January 20.

The Excellence in Graphic Literature Award is accepting submissions of books published in 2018 through February 15.

The Prism Awards are accepting submissions of queer comics published in 2018 through February 15.

The Eisner Awards are now accepting submissions through March 15. Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted in more than one category. Individual creators can also submit.

button_new3 Eisner Hall of Fame voting for 2019 is open until March 15. Comics professionals working in the industry are welcome to vote.

The Hugo Awards are accepting nominations from WorldCon members until March 15. Renay made this handy spreadsheet so that members can more easily find your sci-fi/fantasy or SF/F-adjacent work and nominate it for voting. Creators from around the world can add themselves to the spreadsheet and are encouraged to do so for the best visibility. Nilah Magruder also explained the Hugos further in this thread!

The DiNKy Awards are accepting submissions for their 2019 show.

button_new3 The Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards is accepting submissions of works of horror created by women (cis or trans) until December 31. The awards will be announced in 2020.

Crowdfunded Projects


When Angels Visit Armadillo is currently raising funds on IndieGogo to pay its contributors, team members, and talent. WAVA is a narrative podcast told through interview recordings and phone calls that tells the story of Magnolia “Maggie” Waters, an unapologetic southern lesbian woman who claims that aliens visited the town in the late 80s. Tier options include postcards, prints, phone wallpapers, the original soundtrack, enamel pins, ad spots, and sponsorships. The campaign ends January 21.


Chromatic Press is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce the paperback edition of their most popular ebook Before You Go. The charming LGBT+ romance follows Sadie and Robin as their relationship develops from friendship on a commuter train to long-term romantic relationship. Tier options include the Before You Go ebook, the paperback, keychains, stickers, a pencil case, a signed bookplate, a Sparkler membership, and more. The Kickstarter ends on January 25.


The Indigenous Comics Collections Volume 3 is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for its production. Written and illustrated exclusively by indigenous people, the third volume of MOONSHOT will feature 15 stories based around the theme of Indigenous Futurisms. Tier options include digital or physical copies of the book, digital or physical copies of the previous volumes, bookmarks, and prints. The Kickstarter ends on January 30.


Jenn Arledge is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to produce Alex Priest: Vampire Hunter Issue #4. Alex Priest is a 5-issue series that follows ex-partners Alex Priest and Janelle Garcia, who must work together to stave off a magical, vampiric, and demonic apocalypse. As a project under Kickstarter’s make/100 initiative, Jenn is producing an exclusive print for the first 100 backers. Tier options include digital and physical copies of this and previous issues, trading cards, sketch cover commissions, and more. The Kickstarter ends on January 31.


Kaitlin Wadley is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to fund the production of the Fantome Anthology. Over 20 artists and writers were asked to create a response to the question, “What is a ghost?” resulting in over 120 pages of original content. Tier options include digital and physical copies of the book, a sticker, a patch, a canvas tote back, a t-shirt, and an original fragrance. The Kickstarter ends on February 1.


Hey, Art Friends is again accepting applications to their Spare Change Program. Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ artists can apply until January 25 to have up to $35 (each) of their application fees for art-related submissions covered.

Stamp prices in the US will be increasing from $0.50 each to $0.55 each on January 27. Rates for flat rate packages will also increase.

button_new3 Game On! A WLW Sports Anthology is currently running an interest check.

button_new3 Under the Ink is hosting a survey on Webcomic Self-Marketing. They’re seeking 100 submissions so they can publish the results.

The Latinx Collective shared a directory of Latina and Latinx small business owners and collectives. Check it out!

Kickstarter’s Make 100 initiative will run again from January 1-31, 2019.

Did you or will you table in an artist alley in the US this year? Take the 2018 Artist Alley Convention Survey here. The results of the 2017 survey are available here.

The Comic Tea Party is a weekly book club for webcomics. Participate in the Discord chat weekly on Thursdays at 5pm to 7pm PST. Sign your comic up for a chance to have it read and discussed in the group!

(Irvine, CA) Game studio Nexon is currently hiring artists, designers, and programmers. They’re also seeking localizers for contract work in El Segundo.


Check this list of animation jobs worldwide that’s updated daily. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more listings.

Comics, Illustration, and More

  • Comics Beat is doing a daily feature of free comics in 2019.
  • button_new3 Threadless is accepting artwork for the following design challenges: Living Coral, due January 25; and Recruitment Posterdue February 1.
  • Name and None is accepting comic submissions from non-cis contributors through January 20.
  • Autostraddle is seeking submissions of comics, essays, journalism, humor, or similar content with the theme “birthday” by January 22.
  • Lilies Anthology is accepting submissions to their 7th volume “Lily Bulb” through January 22. The theme of the anthology will be the environment and should represent female/lesbian romance, relationships, and/or sexuality.
  • button_new3 Spectrum 26 is accepting applications from artists until January 24. There is an entry fee of $20 per piece, or $40 for a cohesive series of 5 works or less.
  • button_new3 Hourly Comic Day is February 1! On the first, join cartoonists as they share a little snippet of their day (or an original story) in comic-form once an hour.
  • Hellcat Press is accepting pitches from women (cis and trans) for their horror comics anthology through February 1.
  • Emerging UK writers and cartoonists are invited to apply for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize with previously unpublished, “intended to be true” works through until February 1.
  • button_new3 The Lakewood Center for the Arts is accepting original comic artwork (traditional or digital) for its upcoming “Origin Stories: Comics and Identity” show until February 3.
  • button_new3 Reading Room is accepting submissions of zines and other self-published work for its portable bookshelf.
  • Adobe is accepting applications for 2019 Creative Residents until February 7.
  • button_new3 Pinkwashed is accepting submissions for their fifth issue themed “dreams” until February 8.
  • button_new3 Portland Zine Symposium is collecting submissions for a zine on the subject of “Mistakes” until February 10.
  • Iron Circus Comics will begin accepting pitches for upcoming death-positive anthology “You Died” on February 1, to remain open until February 28.
  • Little Heroes is accepting submissions of comics involving “science” through February 28. The anthology will be for charity and creators will not be compensated.
  • The Silent Manga Audition is now accepting entries for its 11th competition through March 31. Submit text-free comics of 31 pages or less with the theme “Promise” for a chance to win cash prizes, professional feedback, and editorial support.

Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, College Art OpportunitiesGraphic Competitions, or Hey, Art Friends for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. See Find Anthologies for a list of anthologies with open submissions and to submit anthologies of your own. Check Chris Arrant’s #ComicJobs hashtag on Twitter. Check Comic Ops to see opportunities specifically for comic creators.

Conventions and Events

button_new3 Con or Bust has free tickets available for people of color for a number of upcoming conventions, including the Nebula Conference, CrossingsCon, and more. Request assistance outside of ticket costs February 1-10They’re currently seeking another board member and are accepting statements of interest until January 25.

Here’s a list of international zine fests brought to you by ZINES!


Fan Zines

Looking for more fan zines to submit to? Check out this spreadsheet created by magicalzombie for more! Have a finished zine project you want to advertise? Check out Zine RTer!

Mentorships & Fellowships

  • The Representation Matters Mentorship Program is accepting applications on a rolling basis from self-identified people of color interested in the publishing industry. Mentorships will last 6 months, with a minimum of one session every two months.
  • NYSCA/NYFA’s Artist Fellowships are accepting applications until January 23 from artists living in New York state working in architecture, environmental structures, design, choreography, music, sound, photography, playwriting, and screenwriting.
  • button_new3 Helioscope is accepting applications for their Spring mentorships until January 31.
  • The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is offering 5 one-week residencies to Indigenous people interested in publishing. Participants receive $500 to cover time and expenses. Applications are due by February 28.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is accepting applications. Applications cost $25.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.

Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

  • The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are accepting nominations through January 18. Read the press release here.
  • The Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers is accepting applications from Black poets and fiction writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs through January 31. Find out more here.
  • The Judith A. Markowitz Award is accepting submissions from LGBTQ-identifying early-career or emergent writers with no more than one book published until February 15.
  • The Queer Press Grant is currently accepting submissions through March 1.
  • The Creators for Creators Grant is accepting applications from single cartoonists or writer/artist duos until March 18, 2019. Applicants must not have ever been published by a third-party publisher, and stories pitches must be between 64-100 pages upon completion.

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


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Voice Acting

Check the Casting Call Club and Voice Acting Space for more voice acting and audio opportunities.

Writing and Editing

  • Autostraddle is seeking submissions of comics, essays, journalism, humor, or similar content with the theme “birthday” by January 22.
  • The Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest 2019 is accepting submissions through January 23. The two winning novellas will receive a $250.00 prize, publication contract with royalties, publication in print and ebook, and international distribution.
  • Augur Magazine is accepting submissions through January 31.
  • Fiyah Lit Mag is seeking submissions on the topic of hair through January 31.
  • button_new3 Parthian is accepting submissions from writers with marginalized identities who have a connection to Wales until January 31. Selected writers will be paid £100 and published in the anthology.
  • button_new3 Bitch Media is accepting applications for its open Executive Director position through February 1.
  • Foreshadow YA is seeking submissions of original YA short stories through February 1.
  • Emerging UK writers and cartoonists are invited to apply for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize with previously unpublished, “intended to be true” works through until February 1.
  • Carina Press is seeking proposals for contemporary romances for the 2019 holiday season until February 27. Writers only need to submit 7,500 words of completed manuscript at minimum; more can be completed after acceptance. Carina Press is also seeking other proposals for Carina Adores, detailed further below.
  • button_new3 Uncanny Magazine is currently accepting proposals from disabled writers for upcoming issue “Disabled People Destroy Fantasy” until February 28.
  • Lethe Press is seeking short story submissions for Transcendent 4: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction until February 15.
  • Cleis Press is seeking submissions for Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 from authors who are “women, gender nonconforming, genderqueer and/or nonbinary” until June 1. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Selected writers will receive $225 and 2 copies of the printed book.

Check out writingcareer.com for a list of calls for submission!

Youth & Internships



Remember to check ComiXologyDick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, JoannMichael’s, and RightStuf for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials on comics and art supplies.


That’s it for this week! Look out for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Something you know about but don’t see here? Let me know! 

Thank you to Caroline, Elle, Jasmine, JessSoycrates, and all of you for sharing and speaking well of Paper Cat Press this week! We went from 2,000 followers on Monday to over 2,300 today. I hope this means that even more people can find great opportunities and gigs!

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup – January 11, 2018

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